List of ice hockey teams in Ontario

The following is a list of ice hockey teams in Ontario, past and present. It includes the league(s) they play for, and championships won.

Major ProfessionalEdit

National Hockey LeagueEdit

Current teamsEdit

Team City Established Stanley Cups[1] Notes
Ottawa Senators Ottawa 1992 0 The original Ottawa Senators who won 11 Stanley Cups were moved to St Louis in the 1920s. The present Ottawa Senators (EST 1992) have not won a cup since their inaugural season.
Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto 1917 13 Also known as the Torontos 1917-18, Arenas (1918–19) and the St. Patrick's (1919–27)[2]

Former teamsEdit

Team City Existed Stanley Cups[1] Notes
Hamilton Tigers Hamilton 1920-25 0 Joined the NHL in 1919 as the Quebec Athletic Club.
Ottawa Senators (original) Ottawa 1917-34 11 Founded member of the NHL in 1917. Won 11 Stanley Cups, but four while a member of the NHL. Became the St. Louis Eagles in 1934.

National Hockey AssociationEdit

Team City Existed League titles Stanley Cups Notes
Cobalt Silver Kings Cobalt 1909-10 0 0 Became the Quebec Bulldogs in 1910
Haileybury Hockey Club Haileybury 1909-10 0 0 Players joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1910
Ottawa Senators Ottawa 1910-17 2 4 Founded 1883; A founding team of National Hockey League in 1917.
Renfrew Creamery Kings Renfrew 1909-11 0 0 Franchise sold to Toronto interests in 1911.
Toronto 228th Battalion Toronto 1916-17 0 0 Disbanded mid-season due to World War I.
Toronto Blueshirts Toronto 1912-17 2 1 NHA suspended team after 228th Battalion embarked for Europe.
Toronto Shamrocks Toronto 1912-15 0 0 Also known as the Tecumsehs and Ontarios. Team sold to Blueshirts' owners in 1915 and players joined Blueshirts.

World Hockey AssociationEdit

Team City Existed Avco Cups Notes
Ottawa Nationals Ottawa 1972-73 0 Became the Toronto Toros in 1973
Ottawa Civics Ottawa 1976 0 Began the 1975-76 season as the Denver Spurs, moved midseason and folded after two weeks
Toronto Toros Toronto 1973-76 0 Founded as the Ottawa Nationals in 1972; Became the Birmingham Bulls in 1976

Minor ProfessionalEdit

American Hockey LeagueEdit

Current teamsEdit

Team City Established Calder Cups Notes
Toronto Marlies Toronto 2005 1 Founded in 1982 as the St. Catharines Saints
Belleville Senators Belleville 2017 0 Relocated from Binghamton in 2017 as the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate.

Former teamsEdit

Team City Existed Calder Cups Notes
Cornwall Aces Cornwall 1993-96 0 Merged with Hershey Bears in 1996
Hamilton Bulldogs Hamilton 1996-2015 1 First affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers (1996–2003) and subsequently the Montreal Canadiens from 2002–present. Both Edmonton and Montreal shared affiliation during 2002-03 season. Became the St. John's IceCaps following the 2014–15 season.
Hamilton Canucks Hamilton 1992-94 0 Became the Syracuse Crunch in 1994
Newmarket Saints Newmarket 1986-91 0 Became the St. John's Maple Leafs in 1991
St. Catharines Saints St. Catharines 1982-86 0 Became the Newmarket Saints in 1986
Toronto Roadrunners Toronto 2003-04 0 Became the Edmonton Road Runners in 2004

Canadian Women's Hockey LeagueEdit

The CWHL began paying its players in the 2017–18 season and folded in 2019.
Team City Existed Clarkson Cup Championships Notes
Markham Thunder Markham 2017–2019 1 Known as the Brampton Thunder from 2007 to 2017
Toronto Furies Toronto 2010–2019 1 Known as Toronto CWHL and Toronto HC during the 2010–11 season

ECHLEdit

Team City Existed Kelly Cups No-tes
Brampton Beast Brampton 2013–2020 0 Central Hockey League in 2013–14; joined ECHL in 2014–15; went on hiatus in 2020 and folded in 2021

International Hockey LeagueEdit

Team City Existed Turner Cups Notes
Chatham Maroons Chatham 1949-52 1
Chatham Maroons Chatham 1963-64 0
Windsor Gotfredsons Windsor 1945-50 0 Also known as the Staffords and Windsor Ryancretes
Windsor Spitfires Windsor 1945-49 2 Also known as the Windsor Hettche Spitfires; Became the Detroit Hettche in 1949

United Hockey LeagueEdit

Team City Existed Colonial Cups Notes
Brantford Smoke Brantford 1991-98 1 Became the Asheville Smoke in 1998
Chatham Wheels Chatham 1992-94 0 Became the Saginaw Wheels in 1994
London Wildcats London 1994-95 0 Became the Dayton Ice Bandits in 1996
St. Thomas Wildcats St. Thomas 1991-94 0 Became the London Wildcats in 1994
Thunder Bay Thunder Cats Thunder Bay 1991-99 3 Also known as the Senators and Thunder Hawks; Became the Rockford IceHogs in 1999

Early LeaguesEdit

Team Existed Notes
International Professional Hockey League 1904-07 Canadian Sault Hockey Club lone Canadian member
Ontario Professional Hockey League 1908–1911 Formed in 1907. Also known as 'Trolley League.'
Canadian Professional Hockey League 1926-30
Canadian-American Hockey League 1926-36 Merged with the International Hockey League; Predecessor of the American Hockey League
International Hockey League 1929-36 Merged with the Canadian-American Hockey League; Predecessor of the American Hockey League
Eastern Professional Hockey League 1959-63

JuniorEdit

Ontario Hockey LeagueEdit

Current teamsEdit

Team City Established J. Ross Robertson Cups Memorial Cups Notes
Barrie Colts Barrie 1994 1 0
North Bay Battalion North Bay 1996 0 0 Relocated from Brampton in 2013
Guelph Storm Guelph 1991 2 0 Founded in 1904 as the Toronto Marlboros
Hamilton Bulldogs Hamilton 2015 1 0 Founded in 1981 as the Belleville Bulls
Kingston Frontenacs Kingston 1973 0 0 Also known as the Canadians and Raiders
Kitchener Rangers Kitchener 1963 4 2 Founded in 1947 as the Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters
London Knights London 1965 4 2 Also known as the Nationals
Mississauga Steelheads Mississauga 2007 6 4 Founded in 1906 as the Toronto St. Michael's Majors. Moved to Mississauga in 2007. Formerly called Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. Team suspended operations from 1961-96.
Niagara IceDogs St. Catharines 2007 0 0 Founded in 1998 as the Mississauga IceDogs
Oshawa Generals Oshawa 1908 12 4 Also known as the Shamrocks and Majors. Team suspended operations from 1953-62 after arena burned down.
Ottawa 67's Ottawa 1967 3 2
Owen Sound Attack Owen Sound 1989 1 0 Founded in 1968 as the Guelph CMC's
Peterborough Petes Peterborough 1956 9 1 Founded in 1951 as the Kitchener Greenshirts
Sarnia Sting Sarnia 1994 0 0 Founded in 1969 as the Cornwall Royals
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Ste. Marie 1972 3 1
Sudbury Wolves Sudbury 1972 0 0 Founded in 1945 as the Barrie Flyers
Windsor Spitfires Windsor 1975 2 3

Former teamsEdit

Team City Existence J. Ross Robertson Cups Memorial Cups Notes
Belleville Bulls Belleville 1981-2015 1 0 Became the Hamilton Bulldogs following the 2014–15 season.
Brantford Alexanders Brantford 1978–1984 0 0 Previously known as Hamilton Fincups. Subsequently, known as the Hamilton Steelhawks.
Brantford Lions Brantford 1933–1946 0 0
Barrie Flyers Barrie 1945–1960 4 2 Subsequently, known as the Niagara Falls Flyers.
North Bay Centennials North Bay 1982–2002 1 0 Previously known as Niagara Falls Flyers. Subsequently, known as the Saginaw Spirit.

United States Hockey LeagueEdit

Former teams

Team City Existed Anderson Cups Notes
Thunder Bay Flyers Thunder Bay 1980–2000 4 Known as Thunder Bay Kings until 1984

Junior A Hockey LeaguesEdit

Central Junior A Hockey LeagueEdit

Team City Established League titles Fred Page Cups Royal Bank Cups Notes
Brockville Braves Brockville 1963 2 2 0
Cornwall Colts Cornwall 1992 4 1 0
Cumberland Grads Ottawa 1974 0 0 0
Hawkesbury Hawks Hawkesbury 1974 7 1 0
Kanata Lasers Ottawa 1989 2 1 0
Kemptville 73's Kemptville 1969 0 0 0 Joined in 2007 from EOJBHL
Nepean Raiders Ottawa 1966 2 1 0
Rockland Nationals Clarence-Rockland 1968 3 0 0
Ottawa Jr. Senators Ottawa 1961 8 1 0
Pembroke Lumber Kings Pembroke 1961 11 1 1
Smiths Falls Bears Smiths Falls 1961 4 0 0

Greater Metro Junior A Hockey LeagueEdit

Team City Established League titles NJHA titles Notes
Alliston Coyotes Alliston 2013 0 0
Almaguin Spartans South River 2011 0 0 Relocated from Mattawa in 2014. Founded as Mattawa Voyageurs.
Bobcaygeon Storm Bobcaygeon 2015 0 0
Bracebridge Blues Bracebridge 2012 0 0
Bradford Bulls Bradford 2012 1 0
Bradford Rattlers Bradford 1971 3 1 Former member of the GMOHL
Colborne Chiefs Colborne 2015 0 0
Coldwater Falcons Coldwater 2015 0 0
Grey County Grizzlies Feversham 2015 0 0
Grey Highlands Bravehearts Markdale 2006 0 0 Relocated from Lefroy in 2014. Founded as the King Wild.
Haliburton Wolves Haliburton 2015 0 0
Halton Ravens Burlington 2013 0 0
Kingsville Kings Kingsville 2015 0 0
Knights of Meaford Meaford 2013 0 0
Komoka Dragons Komoka 2015 0 0
London Lakers London 2015 0 0
Niagara Whalers Port Colborne 2014 0 0
Norfolk Vikings Simcoe 2015 0 0
North York Renegades Toronto 2014 0 0
Orangeville Ice Crushers Orangeville 2011 0 0
Oshawa Riverkings Oshawa 2015 0 0
Parry Sound Islanders Parry Sound 2008 0 0 Relocated from Powassan in 2014. Founded as the Ville-Marie Dragons.
Seguin Huskies Seguin 2013 0 0
Shelburne Sharks Shelburne 2010 0 0
South Muskoka Shield Gravenhurst 2006 1 0
Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks Sturgeon Falls 2010 1 0
Toronto Attack Toronto 2012 0 0
Toronto Blue Ice Jets Thornhill 2006 0 0
Toronto Predators Toronto 2013 0 0
Tottenham Steam Tottenham 2014 0 0

Northern Ontario Junior Hockey LeagueEdit

Team City Established League titles Dudley Hewitt Cups Royal Bank Cups Notes
Cochrane Crunch Cochrane 2007 0 0 0 Joined in 2012 from the GMHL. Founded as the Elliot Lake Bobcats.
Blind River Beavers Blind River 1999 0 0 0 Relocated from Garson in 2000. Founded as Nickel Centre Barons
Elliot Lake Wildcats Elliot Lake 2014 0 0 0
Espanola Express Espanola 2015 0 0 0
French River Rapids French River 2015 0 0 0
Hearst Lumberjacks Hearst 1988 7 0 0 Relocated from Iroquois Falls in 2017. Founded as the Haileybury 54's.
Kirkland Lake Gold Miners Kirkland Lake 2003 1 0 0 Relocated from Manitoulin Island in 2011. Founded as Manitoulin Wild.
Powassan Voodoos Powassan 2014 0 0 0
Rayside-Balfour Canadians Rayside-Balfour 2000 2 0 0 Relocated from Sudbury in 2015. Founded as the Sudbury Northern Wolves
Soo Thunderbirds Sault Ste. Marie 1999 3 2 0 Formerly as Sault Ste. Marie Junior Greyhounds
Timmins Rock Timmins 1991 1 0 0 Relocated from Iroquois Falls in 2015. Founded as Timmins Golden Bears

Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey LeagueEdit

Team City Established League titles Dudley Hewitt Cups Royal Bank Cups Notes
Ajax Attack Ajax 1986 0 0 0
Aurora Tigers Aurora 1987 2 2 2 Former Metro Junior A Hockey League franchise
Bowmanville Eagles Bowmanville 1978 0 0 0
Brampton Capitals Brampton 1987 3 1 0
Burlington Cougars Burlington 1952 0 0 0
Cobourg Cougars Cobourg 1964 0 0 0
Collingwood Blues Collingwood 1969 0 0 0
Couchiching Terriers Rama 1960s 4 3 1
Durham Fury Oshawa 1972 0 0 0 Former Metro Junior A Hockey League franchise
Georgetown Raiders Georgetown 1966 0 1 0
Hamilton Red Wings Hamilton 1973 0 0 0
Huntsville-Muskoka Otters Huntsville 1990 0 0 0 Former Metro Junior A Hockey League franchise
Kingston Voyageurs Kingston 1974 0 0 0
Lindsay Muskies Lindsay 1980 0 0 0
Markham Waxers Markham 1930s 0 0 0 Former Metro Junior A Hockey League franchise
Milton Icehawks Milton 1966 2 1 0
Mississauga Chargers Mississauga 1992 0 0 0
Newmarket Hurricanes Newmarket 1987 1 1 0
North York Rangers Toronto 1992 0 0 0 Former Metro Junior A Hockey League franchise
Oakville Blades Oakville 1966 1 1 0
Orangeville Crushers Orangeville 1975 0 0 0
Peterborough Stars Peterborough 1965 0 0 0
Pickering Panthers Pickering 1972 0 0 0 Former Metro Junior A Hockey League franchise
Port Hope Predators Port Hope 1996 0 0 0 Former Metro Junior A Hockey League franchise
Trenton Hercs Trenton 1981 0 0 0 Formerly Trenton Sting, Quinte West Pack
St. Michael's Buzzers Toronto 1933 2 0 0
Seguin Bruins Parry Sound 2005 0 0 0
Stouffville Spirit Stouffville 1995 0 0 0
Streetsville Derbys Streetsville 1968 0 0 0
Toronto Dixie Beehives Toronto 2005 0 0 0 Formerly Oswego Admirals
Toronto Jr. Canadiens Toronto 1972 0 0 0 Former Metro Junior A Hockey League franchise
Vaughan Vipers Vaughan 1991 0 0 0
Villanova Knights Toronto 1980 1 1 0
Wellington Dukes Wellington 1983 1 1 0 Former Metro Junior A Hockey League franchise

Many teams' establishment dates precede the founding of the OPJHL in 1993. This heading lists only OPJHL championships won.

Superior International Junior Hockey LeagueEdit

Team City Established League titles Dudley Hewitt Cups Royal Bank Cups Notes
Dryden Ice Dogs Dryden 2001 2 0 0
Fort Frances Jr. Sabres Fort Frances 2007 0 0 0
Fort William North Stars Thunder Bay 2001 3 1 0
Marathon Renegades Marathon 2006 0 0 0 Former member of the North of Superior Junior B Hockey League
Schreiber Diesels Schreiber 2005 1 0 0
Thunder Bay Bearcats Thunder Bay 2001 0 0 0
Thunder Bay Bulldogs Thunder Bay 2001 0 0 0

Junior B Hockey LeaguesEdit

League Region Established Notes
Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League Ottawa region 1967 Ottawa District Hockey Association League
Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Southern Ontario 2007 Merger of GHL, MWJHL, and WOHL
Thunder Bay Junior B Hockey League Thunder Bay region 1993 Competes for the Keystone Cup, 1 championship

Junior C and Development Hockey LeaguesEdit

League Region Established Clarence Schmalz Cups Notes
Central Junior C Hockey League Greater Toronto Area ????
Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Ottawa Region ????
Empire B Junior C Hockey League Eastern Ontario Region ????
Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League Georgian Bay Region ????
Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League Far-South Region of Ontario ????
Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League Golden Horseshoe Region ????
Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League Southwestern Ontario Region ???? -- Compete for OHA Cup
Western Junior C Hockey League Grey, Huron County, Ontario Bruce, and Wellington Counties ????

Semi-professional, senior and amateurEdit

Canadian Women's Hockey LeagueEdit

The CWHL transitioned to a minor professional league and began paying its players in 2017
Team City Established Championships Notes
Brampton Thunder Brampton 2007–2017 0 Became the Markham Thunder in 2017
Burlington Barracudas Burlington 2007–2012 0
Toronto Furies Toronto 2010–2017 0 Known as Toronto CWHL and Toronto HC in its first 2010–11 season
Mississauga Chiefs Mississauga 2007–2010 0
Ottawa Senators Ottawa 2007–2010 0
Vaughan Flames Vaughan 2007–2010 0

National Women's Hockey LeagueEdit

Team City Existed League titles Notes
Brampton Thunder Brampton 1999–07 1
Etobicoke Dolphins Toronto 2007 0 Formerly the Durham Lightning 2000–2006
Oakville Ice Oakville 2003–2007 0 Also known as the Mississauga Chiefs and Mississauga Ice Bears
Ottawa Raiders Ottawa 1999–2007 0
Toronto Aeros Toronto 1998–2007 4 Also known as the Beatrice Aeros and Mississauga Aeros

SeniorEdit

Team City Existed League titles Allan Cups Notes
Ottawa Senators Ottawa 1934–1955 1949 Branch of Ottawa Senators when NHL team left for St. Louis.

AmateurEdit

Team City Existed League titles Stanley Cups Notes
Kenora Thistles Kenora ???? ?? 1 Smallest town to ever win the Stanley Cup
Ottawa Senators (original) Ottawa 1883–1908 ?? 10 Played in AHA, Ontario Hockey Association, CAHL, FAHL and ECAHA; Won OHA championship 1891-1893. Became the Senators in 1902. Also known as the Capitals and Silver Seven, the team became fully professional in 1908.

UniversityEdit

Team City Established Conference titles (men's and women's) University Cups Women's Titles[3] Notes
Brock Badgers St. Catharines ???? 0 0 0
Carleton Ravens Ottawa 2004 0 0 0 Women's team established 2004, men's team established 2007.
Guelph Gryphons Guelph 1981 9 1 0
Lakehead Thunderwolves Thunder Bay 2001 1 0 N/A Plays only CIS men's hockey, not women's hockey
Laurentian Voyageurs Sudbury 2015 0 0 0
Nipissing Lakers North Bay 2009 0 0 0
Ottawa Gee-Gees Ottawa ???? 0 0 0
Queen's Golden Gaels Kingston ???? 9 0 0
RMC Paladins Kingston ???? 0 0 N/A Plays only CIS men's hockey, not women's hockey
Ryerson Rams Toronto ???? 0 0 N/A Plays only CIS men's hockey, not women's hockey
U of T Varsity Blues Toronto 1891 58 10 1
UOIT Ridgebacks Oshawa 2007 0 0 0
Waterloo Warriors Waterloo ???? 2 1 0
UWO Mustangs London ???? 2 1 0
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks Waterloo ???? 10 0 2
Windsor Lancers Windsor ???? 1 0 0
York Lions Toronto 1963 8 3 0 Won three University Cups as the York Yeomen in 1985, 1988 and 1989

League, regional and national championshipsEdit

Championship Times won Description
Stanley Cup 35 Total championships
Stanley Cup 17 National Hockey League champion
NHA Championship 4 National Hockey Association champion
Calder Cup 1 American Hockey League champion
Memorial Cup 47 Canadian Major-Junior national champion
Allan Cup 46 Canadian senior national champion
Royal Bank Cup 8 Canadian Junior "A" national champion
Colonial Cup 4 United Hockey League champion
Keystone Cup 1 Western Canada Junior "B" champion
NWHL Championship Cup 4 National Women's Hockey League championship
University Cup 15 CIS national men's university champion
CIS Women's Championship 2 CIS national women's university champion

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Stanley Cup Champions and Finalists". nhl.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2006-12-10.
  2. ^ 1920s in Maple Leafs History Archived 2007-07-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "2007-08 CIS Women's Hockey Media Guide And Almanac" (pdf). cisport.ca. Retrieved 2008-03-10.